Pot ‘O Succulents…


First order of business is to announce the winner of a personal gift from me to one of my readers for commenting their “word” for 2017.  There were so many great ideas!  But the winner is…

  • Rosemary (  CoNgRaTs Rosemary!  Send me an email at with your mailing address.

My blog readers are just the sweetest and evidently all I needed to do was ask for you to visit my Rambling Rose Studio FB page and click “like” if you liked the page.  I have set a goal to reach 1000 in the month of January and many of you did visit.  Thanks so much!

This post today is exciting because the idea formed in my mind over the Christmas holiday while in Florida.  Ikea was on the “to do” list and some kind of flower pot was one of the items to be found.

Ikea is like a candy store…so many ideas are born and its a struggle to focus.  But the pot in mind was found and here’s what happened to it…


A size reference would have been nice but I can tell you the top opening is 4″ and the height of the pot is 4-1/2″.

Here’s a couple of close up shots…


and another angle…


making this pot ‘o succulents gave me practice for a kit class later this month with the Vertical Garden Kit in the Occasions Catalog.  Of course, everything in the kit is precut for you which is really nice!


The colors were the first consideration.  Every color of green was pulled, then branching out with Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral and even Tip Top Taupe.  There is one retired color here…can you find it?

It’s the little strip of circles sticking out here and there.  That is Starfruit…how many of you remember that color?  So many didn’t like it, but as green is a favorite, I loved it!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugar Plum, Calypso Coral (roses), Rich Razzleberry. Pool Party and Starfruit
  • Ink:  Craft White, Rich Razzleberry
  • Stamps:  Oh So Succulent and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Spiral Flower Die (rose), Succulent Thinlits Dies, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, 4″ Styrofoam ball half (I found a green one), container and hot glue


  • Glue the 4″ half Styrofoam ball in top of container.
  • Pick your cardstock colors and start cutting.  There are three large succulents different colors.  For the large pieces use two of four different thinlit die sizes.  There are four medium succulents.  To make a medium piece, do not use the largest succulent die.  There are three small succulents.  For these I used the three smallest dies.  Make three Calypso Coral roses and five of the circular strip pieces in Starfruit or any color you like in your stash.  Maybe Daffodil Delight or Crushed Curry.
  • White Craft Ink was used with the small stamp to add color to the tips of the layers on some and Rich Razzleberry on others.  Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp was used on some in Rich Razzleberry.
  • Use your bone folder to slightly curl each petal.  If you accidently chop off a piece, not to worry.  Plants are not perfect and besides you’ll never see it anyway.  Layer with multipurpose glue trying to twist each layer so that the petals do not align.  Build all your pieces then add them to the Styrofoam with hot glue.  I added the largest first, medium and small last.  Use the roses to fill spaces inbetween pieces.  Add circular strips here and there.
  • Cut a piece of Burlap ribbon to fit around container and hot glue.  Make a Burlap bow by looping four times and tying in center with Linen Thread.

Seriously, this piece could be used for your own home decoration (I plan to make an accompanying piece) or as a gift especially for someone in the hospital or nursing home as they take no care.

Can’t wait for the kit class later this month…

We are getting snow today…first of the winter so it’s a little exciting because snow is rare here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Staying inky will make you HaPpY!




  1. Just gorgeous! And so generous of you to share how you made it. I will be casing for sure as I love flowers of any kind!

    • Thank you Candi for you sweet comments. I’m so glad you like it and I’d love to see what you create!…B!

  2. I love your little pot of succulents. So pretty and great for some of these dreary days. Great job. I may have to go with paper plants because my container of fresh succulents succumbed to the cold temps in the sun room. I am upset because I should have brought them into the house. They survived last winter out there but it wasn’t as harsh as it’s been already this winter. The “b-ism” is my litany of reasons to buy craft supplies…but actually the last one is the real reason at least 95% of the time. Oh, I have to tell you that since September I have been clicking to be notified of follow-up comments by email, but have not gotten one notification until yesterday! I am so excited that I can now get your replies without me having to remember to go to yesterday’s post to see your comments. Yay!! Computers work in mysterious ways. We got snow overnight on the grass but not on the roads and are supposed to get more tonight with very cold temps. A nice time to stay in and get crafty! Be safe.

    • I actually remembered to get my few succulents in before it turned too cold. You will have to replace yours in the spring. I’m so glad you like my little paper pot of succulents. I have to tell you they were so much fun to make. I found a frame at HL yesterday that I want to fill with them…another idea flying around in my head. We are getting quite the snowstorm right now and it’s only 23 degrees out. Lots of hot coffee and crafting will be happening tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by HJ…B!

  3. Billie (not sure if my email went thru since I didn’t displayed the text under Captcha), so am sending again.
    I’m so glad I happened on to Rambling Rose; I love your cards. They are inspirational!

    • Well aren’t you just the sweetest Margie. I’m so happy you found my blog too. I hope you stop by often and always feel inspired by what you read and see…B!

    • Thanks so much Anna…it was really fun to do from choosing the colors to stamping and curling each “leaf”. Can’t wait to get the coordinating project done!…B!

  4. Absolutely agree with you “B-ism” regarding why I buy stamps, paper, etc. No good excuse. If I had my energy back, I could do more. But still a survivor and am in clinical remission. Doing the best I can at the moment. Bless you for your inspirations. They make my day.

    • Hey Mary Emma…I picked that “B-ism” especially for me, but it seems to fit many more stampers too. Hope you are feeling 100 percent soon and back to inky fingers and beautiful creations!…B!